Development Authority of the North Country

Materials Management

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The Regional Materials Management Facility provides efficient, environmentally responsible disposal of non-hazardous solid waste for Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis and Hamilton counties. The state- of-the-art, double-lined landfill facility opened in 1992 and operates in full compliance with all applicable New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regulations. The regional landfill accepts waste from permitted and approved haulers and does not take waste from individual residents.

Early in its history one of the Authority’s biggest challenges was to tackle the issue of safe, environmentally conscious waste disposal for the region. At the time, the region was facing population growth due the expansion of Fort Drum and the closure of many traditional municipal “dumps” that could no longer meet environmental guidelines. Working with its regional county partners, the Authority developed the regional landfill to help municipalities meet their waste disposal needs. Currently, about 200 of the site’s 1,500 acres are in use. Due to the numerous safeguards built into the landfill’s liner system, in 25 years of operation at the site, the containment system has never been compromised.

The regional landfill is located in the Town of Rodman in Jefferson County, and the town receives host community revenue-sharing payments from the Development Authority.

The beautiful, heavily wooded site is home to an abundance of wildlife which the public can enjoy on two, year-round recreational walking/hiking trails.

Reuse and Recycling

Waste Diversion.jpg Over time it became apparent that the environmentally responsible operation of the landfill would also require a strong regional waste diversion plan to incorporate recycling and reuse into waste disposal. In 2010,  with its landfill partners Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties and the City of Watertown, the Authority introduced www.NorthCountryRecycles.org . The website and associated marketing campaign is designed  to help residents reduce, reuse and recycle waste. By doing so, less waste goes into the landfill, maintaining this resource for future generations. Each of the county partners are responsible for their recycling; no  recyclables go to the regional landfill.

An outstanding example of the reuse of a waste product is the methane gas-to-energy plant on the landfill site. It’s a public/private partnership between the Development Authority and a private developer, Aria  Energy, to use the methane gas generated by the disposal of waste in the landfill to produce electricity. The partnership achieves compliance for methane gas destruction while producing revenue that is shared with  the host community of Rodman.

In 2016 the Development Authority completed construction of a new enclosed leachate holding system that safely collects and contains the leachate generated by the landfill so that it can be transported to an appropriate off-site facility for treatment and discharge.

Always Improving

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New truck scales, used to measure
waste entering the landfill, opened in the Summer of 2017.

In 2017 an upgraded computerized scale system opened, along with new administration/entrance facilities. The new system incorporates important safety upgrades for haulers and an improved paperless tracking and billing process.

The multi-year process of obtaining the necessary permits to expand the landfill was complete in 2017 and the permit was issued in early 2018. At today’s usage rates, the current landfill is expected to be at capacity in approximately 2027, necessitating an expansion in order to continue to provide reliable, environmentally sound disposal services for residents and businesses. Construction on the new section of the landfill and associated improvements will begin this year.